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  • Nick's Newest Project (It's not a Bug!)

    Nick is known around the office as "The Bug Guy". He has had his hands on more VW Bugs than many twice his age! Now that Nick's family is growing with the addition of another little one, he began searching for something that he can take the entire family to shows in (and still have elbow room!). So he looked to the VW Beetle's larger brother, the VW "Type 2" or as we all know them as, a VW Bus. He really preferred the early split window versions, but the prices for even rotted out carcasses were scary! Until one day, a local VW club member posted up on Facebook that he had one for sale in decent shape; and for a very reasonable price. Who says Facebook isn't good for anything!

    Once Nick got ahold of the owner, he got the same old story "used to drive it, was great, then I parked it to restore, and never got around to it". Many years later parts for the bus were scattered among the owners friends and family, and the rolling bus was left to sit in his woods. Once Nick negotiated a price and sorted out what parts he actually DID have (how do you lose an engine .. I mean really!), he drug her home.

    She is a 1966 "Kombi". From the numbers Nick stated it originally was white on top and white on the bottom. This thing was painted at some point and the red is now quite pink!

    After getting it home, Nick couldn't resist buffing a section of the faded "pink" paint, and to his surprise; it actually rubbed out quite well! He plans to take care of the mechanical maintenance it needs, fix the previous owners shade-tree repairs, install a bug engine he has laying around, and lower it a bit for next season. The paint will get rubbed out, and proudly display it's Patina for now.

    As with any project, it could go astray, and a full on restoration could occur.. but for now we are just excited to see Nick rolling into our next Eastwood Summer Classic with this and his family! We will keep you updated as he progresses!

  • Introducing the newest headache...errr project!

    Some of you may remember about a month ago I hinted at my latest bad idea.. or great idea (depending who you are talking to), a 1950 Dodge Pickup Truck. I found this truck when buying some old VW parts cars from an extremely nice "old stuff collector" in my area. After a winter of milling it over, I decided I needed to try something out of my comfort zone of 70's-80's European Cars. I have always loved 40's and 50's cars, with their round lines, big bubble fenders, and exquisite grills and hood emblems.. they just ooze style!

    So fast forward to early March and we got some of our first warm-ish weather. I decided to give my buddy "Whitey" a visit and see if I could strike a deal on one of his old 50's Dodge pickup trucks. After I got the grand tour again (Whitey loves to show off his old stuff if you ask nicely), he brought me to the most complete of the bunch and told me the story. Apparently he had daily driven this truck since the late 50's up until about 88 or 89. That was, until he had a bad waterpump, overheated the engine and cracked the head. Since Whitey was so busy with work and other projects, he parked the truck hoping to get it fixed some day. He did eventually get the cylinder head off, but never got any further than that. Now some 23 years later, here I was handing him cold hard cash for this bad boy.

    So this past Saturday I went out with the local flatbed driver and pulled it out of the woods. After clearing out all of the odds and ends from in front of the truck, we were able to get it up on the truck. I shot a quick video of the process and you can see how locked up the rear was when we went to pull it out.

    Dodge loaded

    After getting it unloaded here at Eastwood, I got to working on the Dodge today. I cleaned the junk out of the cab, pulled the seat, and began vacuuming the inside of the truck. You can see below that cab is pretty dang solid thus far!

    Stay tuned for more updates later this week!

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